I feel like I write a lot about sleep, but that’s because it’s a topic I’m so passionate about. I know firsthand the power a good night of sleep can have, as well as how crappy getting bad/no sleep can make me feel. One thing that I swear by is turning my bedroom into the perfect cozy setting for sleep. Not only does this allow me to fall asleep faster, but I feel like it also falls under the category of “self care” because it makes going to bed that much more enjoyable.
I’m a huge advocate of sleeping in a chilly space. There’s truly nothing better than a cold bedroom because you get to snuggle up under all of your blankets without having to worry about getting too hot in the middle of the night. I hate waking up feeling sweaty, so I always make sure to turn the temperature down a degree or two when I go to bed – I’ve even gone so far as cracking a window open at night when it’s a little chilly out (crazy, I know).
Setting the mood for sleep is essential for drifting off quickly and getting a quality night of zzz’s. To create the perfect cozy atmosphere, I like to dim the lights, light a candle or two, put on some calming music, and spray my pillows with a soothing blend of essential oils. Right now I’m using the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ll usually spritz some on my pillows and then do my nighttime skincare to give it a chance to fully dry before I lay down.
Having a bed to fall into at night that is covered in squishy, soft blankets and sheets is one of the best feelings in the world. I used to just opt for whatever was cheapest when it came to my bedding, but now I actually put a little thought and effort into what goes on my bed. I love the feel of microfiber sheets – they’re soft, cozy, and breathable so I don’t get too hot while sleeping. I also just switched to a thin faux down insert from Ikea paired with a simple white duvet cover to go on top of my sheets and it’s quite possibly the most snuggly bedding I’ve ever owned in my life.
I think it’s really important to keep your surroundings in mind when trying to create a cozy sleep setting. You may have the most comfortable bed ever, but if the rest of your room is a mess it’s going to make you feel less cozy and more chaotic. Try to take a few minutes before bed each night to tidy up and put things away. Not only will it allow you to feel more at ease when going to sleep, but you’ll also start the day off on the right foot with clean surroundings.
I really believe that having a good bedtime routine is essential for falling asleep quicker and easier. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either – just doing the same 2-3 things each night before bed is enough to let your body know that its time to sleep. Like I mentioned before, I like to spritz my pillows with a sleep mist and then do my skincare routine while it dries down. After brushing my teeth and washing my face, I’ll usually opt for a quick mask. Lately I’ve been loving the Moisturizing Moon Mask from Glossier because it gives my skin such a fantastic boost of hydration. While that’s soaking and working its magic, I’ll take a moment to apply some of the Sleepy Body Lotion from Lush all over my arms and legs. Not only does this smell absolutely dreamy (lavender truly is one of the best scents), but it also makes my limbs super soft and nourished.
What are your tips for creating the perfect cozy setting for sleep?